Today, I am so thrilled to be sharing with you how to make a Dollar Tree Christmas tree decor. Dollar Tree wood cutouts make for some really fun and simple crafts. I always stock up on Dollar Tree wood cutouts because they can easily be transformed into such cute DIY projects. This rustic Christmas tree décor using a woodcut from the Dollar Tree is not only a budget-friendly Christmas craft, but it also looks like you purchased it from a high-end craft store! Wouldn’t this primitive Christmas tree décor make for a beautiful homemade Christmas gift for your family and friends this holiday season?!
- Wood tree cutout from Dollar Tree
- Scrap wood from the garage ( I used 5 firing strips & a 2×4)
- Stain ( I used Minwax in the color Dark Walnut)
- Old rag & gloves for staining
- White paint
- Mod Podge
- tissue paper
- Staple gun
- greenery & embellishments of your choice
- Small glass jar
- fake snow ( Dollar Tree)
- red & white twine
- tea light ( You can get tea lights similar to what I used here on my affiliate link – TEA LIGHTS)
- Hot glue gun & Glue sticks ( Affiliate link for cordless hot glue gun – CORDLESS HOT GLUE GUN)
Step 1. Take some scrap wood you may have lying around, I used furring strips I had in my garage, and measure how many you will need to make the backing for your Christmas tree. I simply take my Dollar Tree Christmas tree wood cutout and lay it over top of a few pieces of wood, furring strips, to see how may I will need to make the wood backing to my project. Measure the wood using your wood cutout as a guide, and then cut your wood to size so the Christmas tree wood cutout will fit over the middle of the furring strips. I ended up using 4 furring strips I cut down to size, and then one smaller one for the back of the project.
Step 2. Line the 4 furring strips up tightly next to one another, horizontally, then take your smaller piece of wood and place it over the back of the 4 furring strips in the center, vertically. Next, to avoid your wood splitting, predrill 4 holes going vertically down the smaller piece of wood, so that there is a hole predrilled for a screw to go into the back of each piece of the 4 pieces of furring strips. Add your screws to secure all the wood together for your project. Then, flip your project over to the front, so that the small piece of wood you added screws into will be the back of the project.
Step 3. Using Minwax stain in the color “dark walnut,” take an old cloth and rub stain over your entire project (front, back, and sides), then use the dry side of the cloth to wipe it off. Allow to dry completely. I used a heat gun to dry.
Step 4. Next, take a smaller piece of scrap wood, I used a 2×4 I cut down to size from my garage, and stain it as you did above. Dry.
Step 5. Using the same method as mentioned above, stain the Dollar Tree Christmas tree wood cutout, front only. Allow to dry.
Step 6. Apply two coats of white chalk paint to the front of your Christmas tree wood cutout, allow to dry between each layer.
Step 7. Once your Christmas tree is completely dry, take some tissue paper of your liking, apply some Mod Podge to the front of the Christmas tree, and then carefully lay the tissue paper over top of the tree. Use your hands to gently press the tissue paper onto the tree, trying to be careful of any wrinkles or bubbles, but you may have a few and that’s okay to me as I feel it just makes the project look more rustic. Allow to dry.
Step 8. Use scissors to carefully cut out any excess tissue paper hanging over your Christmas tree. Then, use a sanding block to gently sand away any tissue paper that is close to the edges of the tree.
Step 9. Use scissors, or clippers, and clip off just the base of the Christmas tree. Sand over the bottom of the tree gently with a sanding block.
Step 10. Take a screw and place it in the hole at the top of the Christmas tree to secure the Christmas tree to your wood backing.
Step 11. Take the small 2×4 piece of wood you cut down to size, and hot glue it onto the bottom of the front of your project, centered below the Christmas tree, so that your project will be able to stand up.
Step 12. Add some screws to the back of your project, predrill first, then screw going through the 2×4 piece of wood you placed at the bottom of your tree to secure it. Next, add a screw to the bottom front of your Christmas tree to secure it.
Step 13. Using a small wood star I purchased from Hobby Lobby, paint it black. Dry. Then, use sanding block to lightly sand it.
Step 14. Use hot glue and place the star at the top of the tree so that it covers up the screw you placed I earlier.
Step 15. Sit your project upright, using a staple gun, staple some pine and berries to the bottom, over the top of the small 2×4 base. You could use whatever pine/greenery and other embellishments you prefer.
Step 16. Take a small mason jar, and wrap some baker’s twine around the top rim of the jar a few times. Use hot glue to secure the baker’s twine to the back of the mason jar.
Step 17. Take some E6000 and hot glue and add to the bottom of the mason jar. Secure the mason jar to the wood 2×4 base of your tree project, in the center. Allow to dry.
Step 18. Add some fake snow to the inside of the mason jar.
Step 19. Hot glue some small pinecones around the pine and berries.
Step 20. Place a small tea light into your mason jar, slightly push it down into the fake snow, but allow the light to be visible. Enjoy!
If you decide to make this Dollar Tree farmhouse style makeover, I would love to hear from you! You can drop a comment below or message me on any of my social media pages. Hope you have a blessed weekend and as always remember to keep it simple. Catch ya next week my friends! Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, youtube